Influencing the Influential

David’s first major act as king was to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem and most Bible scholars believe he wrote Psalm 101 (along with several other Psalms) immediately following this event. What is interesting to me is what he was focused on as a leader who was obviously trying to serve God. The majority of this song speaks of people he will not tolerate in his kingdom:

Worthless and Quitters

I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
-Psalm 101:3 (ESV)


A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.
-Psalm 101:4 (ESV)

Gossipers and Proud

Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not endure.
-Psalm 101:5 (ESV)


No one who practices deceit
shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
shall continue before my eyes.
-Psalm 101:7 (ESV)


Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
from the city of the Lord.
-Psalm 101:8 (ESV)

Only one verse in this passage speaks of the type of people he will associate with:

Faithful and Blameless

I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.
-Psalm 101:6 (ESV)

King David apparently recognized that those around him would influence his ability to lead in a godly manner. I wonder what my life would look like if I immediately cut off all worthless, evil, gossiping, proud, dishonest, and wicked influences?


About Jeff Postlewaite

high school principal since '07, father since '04, teacher since '03, husband since '03, sound tech since '96, UVA fan since '92, gadget junkie since '89, Christian since '88, Giants fan since '84, golfer since '83, brother since '83, human since '81

Posted on April 9, 2012, in Biblical Thought and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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